The Free Press, Mankato, MN

Outdoors

February 1, 2014

Wintertime, and the livin' ain't easy

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Turkeys, he said, seemed to be weathering the winter fine. “They’ve got these giant feet for raking through the thick snow. Pheasants just don’t have that.”

Likewise, the area deer herd seems to be in good shape.

He speculated that deer soon may begin to congregate where the easiest food sources are available, notably some WMAs on the south and north edges of Swan Lake that are planted annually with food plots.

In the event winter conditions deteriorate further, he cautioned against individuals setting out food sources.

“Feeding straight corn to deer can kill them,” he said, noting that when deer eat corn from food plots, they also browse on other food sources.

What’s more, citizens might end up with a problem.

“They might only have two deer in their yard to start with, but could wind up with 150 of their friends showing up,” he said.

John Cross is a Free Press staff writer. Contact him at 344-6376 or by e-mail at jcross@mankatofreepress.com.

 

 

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